October 18, 2012
Students at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School in Charlottesville took cover Thursday as part of a simultaneous earthquake drill from Washington, D.C., to Georgia.
This is the first year for the Great SouthEast ShakeOut event in Virginia, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. It's also the first time Agnor-Hurt Elementary has had an earthquake drill.
"It seems like they handled it very well," said assistant principal Doug Granger. "We do a lot of drills. They're used to that. We try to make it routine, almost boring. This is what we do so that in a real emergency, they'll be totally, totally prepared."
Students learned to "drop, cover and hold on" in the event of an actual earthquake.
Granger said the impact last year's earthquake had on Louisa County High School is one of the reasons the school is focusing on earthquake preparedness.
The 5.8-magnitude quake on August 23, 2011 rattled Louisa County and the eastern part of the U.S. and left Louisa County High School significantly damaged.
More than 900,000 people signed up for Thursday's ShakeOut drills in Virginia.
Agnor-Hurt Elementary has plans to continue having earthquake drills as part of its regular emergency safety routine.